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The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series) Reprint Edition

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About the Author

Lewis Thomas (1913 1993) was born in New York. He earned a bachelor s degree at Princeton and a doctorate in medicine in 1937. He went on to become professor of pediatric research at the University of Minnesota, chairman of the Departments of Pathology and Medicine and also dean at the New York University Bellevue Medical Center, chairman of the Department of Pathology and dean at Yale Medical School, and president of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. His now classic book, The Lives of a Cell, won the National Book Award in 1974.
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Product Details

  • Series: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140243275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140243277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an enjoyable book of a lifetime spent in the field of medicine. My favorite chapters were the early ones as Thomas looked back at what medicine was like early in this century, including what he remembers from his father's medical practice. This medical reminiscence differs from most other physician's writings in that Thomas has spent the majority of his career in research rather than in the clinical practice of medicine. But if research is often thought of as dull drudgery, Thomas certainly does not reflect that in the book. His genuine enthusiasm (and important finds along the way) have shown how necessary research is to progress in health care. As a clinical physician myself, I gained a new appreciation for this side of medicine. Lewis's enthusiasm is infectious, his comments candid, and his medical poetry quite entertaining. I enjoyed reading this.
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My favorite Lewis Thomas, so far. There are many good science popularizers around, the late Carl Sagan being better known because of his TV series - Cosmos. Dr. Thomas' books stand-out as being comfy because of his "fireside chat" way of explaining and telling stories. Why do I call him a "good man"? Because his love shines through in his writing.
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I picked up this book because of my enjoyment of Thomas' earlier books, Lives of a Cell, and Medusa and the Snail. This happened about 20 years ago.

I've read The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher two times since then.

The Youngest Science focuses not on specific "adventures" within medicine, microbiology, and evolution, but more on the evolution of Dr. Thomas himself, from watching his father (a physician), to going through medical school, to becoming a medical researcher, to reaching the positions of authority within various colleges of medicine.

Thomas was in the early part of his career when there came about profound changes in the understanding and treatment of disease processes. This makes his observations particularly interesting.

The book suffers from being so far behind the times in terms of modern medicine. Nevertheless, as the historical documentation of the evolution of a medical career, it remains fascinating.
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What a fabulous, incisive and humorous intellect this man has brought to us in his six or seven books as a doctor/scientist. Everyone on earth needs to have all of his books where he has shared the miracles of medicine and just about all the sciences in a beautifully readable prose. I read them over and over each decade to measure how much smarter and compassionate and entertaining I've become. It's hard to rate which one is best because they all are. (He even has a chapter on philology that deals with this impossibility being possible). You might start with his LIVES OF A CELL and then go on to this one. Wow, what a gift the Creator has given us all to better understand his magic.
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I had read Lewis Thomas's "Lives of a Cell" years ago and loved it, but it wasn't until reading Atul Gawande's Harvard Medical School commencement address that I heard about this great book. This book should be required reading for all medical students. It provides important insight into the science and art of practicing medicine.
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This book is Lewis Thomas' biography and his life is an interesting tale in its own right, but it also includes a great history of modern medicine. A really worthwhile read.
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